Getting started with Redis

Redis (Remote Dictionary Server) is a BSD licensed, in-memory data structure store, used as a distributed, in-memory key–value database, cache and message broker.
It can store different kinds of abstract data structures, such as

  • Strings
  • Lists
  • Hash maps
  • Sets
  • Sorted sets

When use Redis/Example use case

Redis, is NOT a NoSQL replacement for classic relational databases, as it doesn’t support many features of RDBMS, such as querying of your data which might slow it down.
Replacements for RDBMS are rather document databases like MongoDB or CouchDB.
Redis is great at specific functionality where speed and support for advanced data structures is crucial.

Refs: [1], [2]

Running the server

I have installed the redis via docker so:

Now open another terminal, get into the docker container and connect to the server:

You can log into redis server via:
redis-cli -h <host-address> -p <port> -a <password>
redis-cli -u redis://username:password@host:port


The configuration file “redis.conf” in redis, is located at the root directory of Redis. You can get/set all Redis configurations by Redis CONFIG command.

Get all configuration:

This will set password temporarily (until redis or server restart)

To get the location of the data directory in Redis



Set key to hold the string value. If key already holds a value, it is overwritten,

Get the value of key. If the key does not exist the special value nil is returned. An error is returned if the value stored at the key is not a string, because GET only handles string values.

This command checks whether the key exists or not.

Sets the expiry of the key after the specified time.

Gets the remaining time in keys expiry.

Removes the expiration from the key.

Get all the keys matching pattern.

Returns the data type of the value stored in the key.

Refs: [1]


Prepends one or multiple values to a list

Gets a range of elements from a list

Refs: [1]

Hash maps

Hash maps are the perfect data type to represent objects.

Sets the string value of a hash field

Sets multiple hash fields to multiple values

Gets the value of a hash field stored at the specified key.

Gets all the fields and values stored in a hash at the specified key

Gets all the fields in a hash

Sets /Sorted sets


Publish/ Subscribe

Listens for messages published to the given channels.

Posts a message to a channel.

see what channels are currently available:

Returns the number of subscribers of the channel chat:

To seen umber of subscriptions to patterns (that are performed using the PSUBSCRIBE command), use PUBSUB NUMPAT


Stands for Access Control List, allows certain connections to be limited in terms of the commands that can be executed and the keys that can be accessed. The way it works is that, after connecting, a client is required to authenticate providing a username and a valid password

Setting Username and Password

this will set password temporarily (until redis or server restart)

CONFIG SET requirepass mypass

CONFIG GET requirepass
AUTH <username> <password>

Refs: [1], [2], [3]

Client Connections

To get information about clients and also managing them (i.e . killing, tracking etc) you can use CLIENT command:

Returns information and statistics about the client connections

Returns information and statistics about the current client

When tracking is enabled Redis remembers the keys that the connection requested, in order to send later invalidation messages when such keys are modified. (side caching)


  • Client 1 -> Server: CLIENT TRACKING ON
  • Client 1 -> Server: GET foo
  • (The server remembers that Client 1 may have the key “foo” cached)
  • (Client 1 may remember the value of “foo” inside its local memory)
  • Client 2 -> Server: SET foo SomeOtherValue
  • Server -> Client 1: INVALIDATE “foo”

Refs: [1], [2]


Keyspace notifications enable clients to subscribe to Pub/Sub channels to receive events that impact the Redis data set in some way. Due to performance issue  Keyspace notifications are disabled by default.

There are two types of  Keyspace notifications: keyspace (what sort of event is happening to a key) and keyevent (what happened to a specific key).

For instance a DEL operation, could be done with the following PUBLISH commands
PUBLISH __keyspace@<db_number>__:<your-key> del
PUBLISH __keyevent@<db_number>__:del <your-key>

Now let’s have a complete example, first  enabling the notifications:

CONFIG SET notify-keyspace-events AKE

“AKE” string means all the events except “m” (Key miss events- events generated when a key that doesn’t exist is accessed).
A : Alias for “g$lshztxe” (means all the events except “m”)
E : Keyevent events, published with __keyevent@__ prefix.
K : Keyspace events, published with __keyspace@__ prefix.

Now let’s subscribe to delete events on keys:

Now if we delete a key, we are able to see the deletion event:

Another example would be all events on all keys on all databases:

Another example, lets make the key greeting with the value of hello that expires in 10 seconds:

You should be able to see the event with PSUBSCRIBE '__key*__:*'

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